Ian Rush confident Liverpool can survive without Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

The influential Liverpool midfielder has been ruled out until January.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Liverpool legend Ian Rush has claimed he believes that Liverpool’s style of play means they can cope with losing Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian has been in fine form for the Reds this season, playing a key role in their challenge at the top of the table.

He is now set to be absent until January, though, after picking up ankle ligament damage in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.

Losing him for such a length period has naturally been met with dismay at Anfield; with many fearing his injury could derail their title bid.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho sustains an injuryLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho sustains an injury

Not Rush, who, while admitting the midfielder is a big loss, says that the Reds style means that they should be able to cope without him.

“Coutinho is a big loss, there’s no doubt about that,” he told talkSPORT.

“But the way we’ve been playing this year has been absolutely fantastic and it’s not just about Coutinho.

“Firmino has come good, he was absolutely fantastic on Saturday, Lallana is coming back from injury and it’s a great chance for Origi to see what he can do with Coutinho out. We’ve got a got all-round scoring squad.”

Liverpool's Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho

It will certainly be interesting to see how Coutinho’s absence ends up affecting Liverpool’s title bid.

They are currently just a point behind leaders Chelsea and they will be keen to ensure that gap does not increase over the next month.

Luckily they have some agreeable fixtures coming up across December with four of their six games coming against teams in the bottom half and that may mean Coutinho’s absence is not as sorely felt as it might have been.

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